Size/Profile Hopper Adult:  1 - 2.5 in (block head, tapered abdomen, wings folded back and noticeable leg features)
Beetle Adult:  .25 - 1 in (oblong or oval shaped)
Colors Hopper: Tans, Browns, and Olives but sometimes a bright green (in smaller sizes).  Legs often have some red highlights and the bottom of the abdomen (fish's view) is typically white, tan, light yellow or light olive.
Beetles: Predominant color is all black with some displaying an iridescence.
Action Hopper: Will often kick aggressively after falling into the water to attempt to stroke back to shore.
Beetles: Little action.  Most float helplessly down river.
Habitat Both the hopper and the beetle are terrestrials and spend their time on land unless they make a mistake.  Hoppers are found most abundantly along the grassy banks of the river. Beetles can be found anywhere along the river banks.
Notes Both the hopper and beetle patterns are best fish near the banks but can also be effective at times in any spot on the river.  The fish know where the hopper feeding banks are in the summer and can often be found stacked up near banks feeding on terrestrials on windy days when hoppers and beetles find themselves blown into the water in significant numbers.  Delicate presentations are not usually needed since the real bugs seem to plop into the water.  Fish will often strike hard at a hopper that is cast towards the bank and stripped back toward the middle of the river.   The terrestrials are most important and abundant during the summer months and tend to taper off in September as the weather cools.
Fly Patterns
  • Dave's Hopper (8-16)
  • Parachute Hopper (8-16)
  • Extended Body Foam Hopper (8-16)
  • Black Elk Hair Beetle (10-16)
  • Black Foam Beetle (10-16)

Select the Fly Patterns link  for recipes and pictures of the patterns.